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Teaching Capstone in Higher Education

Category 1: SET Teaching Preparation

The foundation of the Teaching Capstone in Higher Education is a teaching preparation seminar or training course. This requirement can be fulfilled through one of the following options.

  • Attend five Seminars for Excellence in Teaching (SET) offered by the Academy for Teaching and Learning (ATL)
  • Graduate School-approved departmental training course for preparation of Teachers of Record (TORs)
  • EDA 6302 Teaching and Learning in Higher Education

The Category 1 requirement may be fulfilled prior to entering the Teaching Capstone in Higher Education program - usually by graduate student TORs entering the capstone program after already becoming TORs.

The seminars are teaching preparation workshops provided by the Academy for Teaching and Learning. Although originally implemented for graduate student Teachers of Record (TORs), the SET are open to all graduate students. The sessions are offered every semester; registration is handled through the Academy for Teaching and Learning.

Many participants entering the capstone program as TORs will have completed these workshops as part of their TOR preparation. Some departments even have dedicated SET sessions for their department (English, Math, & Statistics).

Graduate School-approved departmental training course for preparation of Teachers of Record (TORs)*

Some participants entering the capstone program as TORs will have completed a departmental preparation course that the graduate school recognizes as fulfilling the preparation requirements for TORs (Modern Foreign Languages, Philosophy & Religion). These preparation courses also satisfy the category one requirement of the Teaching Capstone in Higher Education.

*To request approval for your department's preparation course, please review these guidelines.

EDA 6302 Teaching and Learning in Higher Education

EDA 6302 is a doctoral seminar designed to introduce graduate students to teaching in higher education through the exploration of curricular issues, course development and content, teaching techniques, learning concepts and theories, and the nature of faculty work. Note that this option is a doctoral seminar and, as such, requires doctoral standing to enroll. Participants in the capstone program who are in a master's degree program will need to take one of the other two options in this category.

Teaching Capstone in Higher Education and the TOR Process

In the TOR process, approved departmental courses are one kind of "exemption" to the SET requirement. However, exemptions for TORs due to the nature of courses or labs taught (Music, HHPR, and science labs) do not extend to the Teaching Capstone in Higher Education. That is, even if you are exempt from attending SETs to be a TOR, you still must complete one of the category one options for TeaCHE.




"I found my participation in SETs offered by the ATL to be of significant value in my professional development as a teacher... I left SETs energized, thinking about my teaching more, anxious to try new things to improve my teaching, and better equipped to apply my skills and art as a scholar to my task of professional development as a teacher."